Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood – Your New Home

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Hosford-Abernethy is a neighborhood in the inner Southeast section of Portland. It borders the neighborhoods of Buckman and Sunnyside on the north, Richmond on the east, Brooklyn and Creston-Kenilworth on the south, and (across the Willamette River) Downtown Portland and South Portland on the west. The neighborhood borders the Willamette River on the west, SE 29th Avenue on the east, Powell Boulevard on the south and Hawthorne Boulevard on the north. The neighborhood is a diverse combination of business, industry, and residential areas.

Entrance to the neighborhood from the west can be via the Hawthorne Bridge on the north boundary and the Ross Island Bridge on the south boundary. Coming into the neighborhood from the west, the first few blocks are all industrial that slowly turns into a mix of residential, including apartments, and industrial as you drive further east. Finally, at SE 13th Avenue, you’re in a residential area with detached single-family homes.

The Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood is comprised of several small neighborhoods, not receiving its official name (HAND) until the 1970s, as Portlanders began to create neighborhood associations. There is a tremendous wealth of history to the HAND neighborhood, a history that can be traced back to the area’s earliest settlements even before when it was part of the separate, incorporated city of East Portland. Hosford-Abernethy has undergone numerous changes since the mid-nineteenth century and continued its evolution to this day.

The heart of the neighborhood is located at SE 26th and SE Clinton which is two blocks south of SE Division. This is where a retail area has gradually grown so that it now contains 15 or so establishments to include restaurants, a New Seasons food market, coffee shops, a record shop, movie theater, a video store, and a gallery along with others. The businesses are spread over a 5-6 block area. All it needs is a bookstore to make it an authentic Portland neighborhood.

Two major public works projects are also expected to help spur growth in the area. The Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail line that opened in September 2015 includes a MAX stop at Southeast 12th Avenue and Clinton Street, which will make the area more accessible. A streetscape project that began in early 2012 included paving, public art, new trees, crosswalks, curb extensions and other amenities.

Ladd’s Addition:

The neighborhood map reveals an uncommon street pattern just south of SE Hawthorne in an area known as Ladd’s Addition which is part of the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood. The streets are in an orderly geometric form — a rectangle crossed by two diagonals, which divides the plat into four isosceles triangles. These are further divided into smaller triangles, quadrilaterals, parallelograms, and trapezoids. Also included were four diamond-shaped parks located on the points of a compass. It looks like a British Flag from the air layered against the grid pattern of the rest of the area. Each of these “circles” contains one of Portland’s test rose gardens, with the northern garden’s rose bushes being in a slightly different layout than the other three.

William S. Ladd platted this subdivision in 1891, and he named all but two of the streets after trees. He named one street after himself (Ladd Avenue) and another after his wife, Elliot Avenue. Two streets were later renamed because they were continuations of the grid of streets surrounding the subdivision, and some others were changed because of duplication in other parts of Portland.

The efforts to enhance the public spaces were one reason the American Planning Association honored Ladd’s Addition, declared a city historic district in 1977 and listed it on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Criteria for being named a great neighborhood include architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement. The American Planning Association, a not-for-profit educational organization, named Ladd’s Addition one of the “Top 10 Great Neighborhoods” for 2009.

Origin of the Names Hosford and Abernethy:

The neighborhood name came from two schools in the area: Hosford Middle School and Abernathy Elementary School. Chauncey O. Hosford was a one-time resident of Portland who owned 200 acres of land on Mt. Tabor. George Abernathy, like Hosford a Methodist missionary, was also Oregon’s first provincial governor. Neither of these men lived or owned property in the neighborhood that bears their names, but both were important in the history of Oregon and Portland.

Most of the houses in Ladd’s Addition as well as the rest of the area were built between 1905 and 1920. The neighborhood architectural styles can be described as “assorted” and the quality of maintenance varies from “needs work” to pleasantly preserved. Numerous apartment buildings are located on the west side of the neighborhood. You will see Bungalows, English Cottages, and Four-squares to name a few.

Hosford-Abernethy doesn’t have an official farmers market, but People’s Food Co-op, a community owned natural foods store, hosts its own year-round farmer’s market.

Public Schools in the Neighborhood:

Parks:

  • Ladd Circle Park & Rose Gardens
    The historic Ladd’s Addition neighborhood, known for its diagonal street pattern, is Portland’s oldest planned residential development. The rose garden sits at the center of the neighborhood. The beautiful tree-lined area is perfect for an afternoon stroll and in the center of a main bike corridor.
  • Piccolo Park
    Piccolo Park, located between SE Division & Clinton streets at SE 28th Ave., was built in the early 1990s from a small cluster of vacant lots that were left over from the Mt. Hood Freeway project. The small park is now a popular playground for all ages, especially young children and their families. Includes paths – paved, and statue or public art.

Clinton Street: One Hip Strip:

Coffee & Sweets Mecca:

Dining:

  • Because of the notoriety and acclaim of several high-flying Hosford-Abernathy restaurants – Bar AvignonBurrascaCafe BroderCastagnaLa Moule, and Nuestra Cucina–this close-in southeast neighborhood reigns as one of Portland’s premiere dining destinations.
  • Bar Avignon may become a habit. The atmosphere is classic French bistro, chic but cozy. The menu is also classic, but transcends ordinary. Every dish is prepared with uncommon skill. There’s no better potato gratin. Or roast chicken. Or panna cotta.
  • Cafe Broder pairs a minimalist Swedish sensibility with seasonal Northwest ingredients. Think mind-blowing aebleskiver, tender potato pancakes, and a rotating Breakfast Bord in a comfy, homey space sparked with playful Scandinavian embellishments.
  • La Moule is a mussel lovers dream come true. The best mussels in Portland, in six palate popping variations. And don’t skip the Belgian Liege Waffle for dessert.
  • Nuestra Cocina is a celebration of peasant-style Mexican cooking with bold flavors from the high desert state of Zacatecas to the coast lines of Vera Cruz and Tampico. There’s almost always a a line of regulars waiting to get in. It’s worth the wait.

Vintage Wonderland:

One of our favorite weekend entertainments is touring Portland’s neighborhood vintage shops. Hosford-Abernethy has several of our faves, including the incredible Lounge Lizard for mid-century modern furniture, lighting, and glassware.

Dispensaries:

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